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  1. The Relation of History of Science to Philosophy of Science in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and Kuhn's later philosophical work.Vasso Kindi - 2005 - Perspectives on Science 13 (4):495-530.
    In this essay I argue that Kuhn's account of science, as it was articulated in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, was mainly defended on philosophical rather than historical grounds. I thus lend support to Kuhn's later claim that his model can be derived from first principles. I propose a transcendental reading of his work and I suggest that Kuhn uses historical examples as anti-essentialist Wittgensteinian "reminders" that expose a variegated landscape in the development of science.
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  2. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions revisited.Vasso P. Kindi - 1995 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 26 (1):75 - 92.
    The present paper argues that there is an affinity between Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" and Wittgenstein's philosophy. It is maintained, in particular, that Kuhn's notion of paradigm draws on such Wittgensteinian concepts as language games, family resemblance, rules, forms of life. It is also claimed that Kuhn's incommensurability thesis is a sequel of the theory of meaning supplied by Wittgenstein's later philosophy. As such its assessment is not fallacious, since it is not an empirical hypothesis and it does (...)
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    Concept as Vessel and Concept as Use.Vasso Kindi - 2012 - In Uljana Feest & Friedrich Steinle (eds.), Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice. de Gruyter. pp. 23-46.
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    Kuhn’s the Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited.Vasso Kindi & Theodore Arabatzis (eds.) - 2012 - New York: Routledge.
    The present paper argues that there is an affinity between Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" and Wittgenstein's philosophy. It is maintained, in particular, that Kuhn's notion of paradigm draws on such Wittgensteinian concepts as language games, family resemblance, rules, forms of life. It is also claimed that Kuhn's incommensurability thesis is a sequel of the theory of meaning supplied by Wittgenstein's later philosophy. As such its assessment is not fallacious, since it is not an empirical hypothesis and it does (...)
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  5. The Problem of Conceptual Change in the Philosophy and History of Science.Theodore Arabatzis & Vasso Kindi - 2013 - In Stella Vosniadou (ed.), Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change. Routledge. pp. 343-359.
  6. Novelty and revolution in art and science: The connection between Kuhn and Cavell.Vasso Kindi - 2010 - Perspectives on Science 18 (3):284-310.
    Both Kuhn and Cavell acknowledge their indebtedness to each other in their respective books of the 60s. Cavell in (Must We Mean What We Say (1969)) and Kuhn in (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 1962). They were together at Berkeley where they had both moved in 1956 as assistant professors after their first encounter at the Society of Fellows at Harvard (Kuhn 2000d, p. 197). In Berkeley, Cavell and Kuhn discovered a mutual understanding and an intellectual affinity. They had regular (...)
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    The relation of history of science to philosophy of science in.Vasso Kindi - 2005 - Perspectives on Science 13 (4):495-530.
    : In this essay I argue that Kuhn's account of science, as it was articulated in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, was mainly defended on philosophical rather than historical grounds. I thus lend support to Kuhn's later claim that his model can be derived from first principles. I propose a transcendental reading of his work and I suggest that Kuhn uses historical examples as anti-essentialist Wittgensteinian "reminders" that expose a variegated landscape in the development of science.
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    The Challenge of Scientific Revolutions: Van Fraassen's and Friedman's Responses.Vasso Kindi - 2011 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (4):327-349.
    This article criticizes the attempts by Bas van Fraassen and Michael Friedman to address the challenge to rationality posed by the Kuhnian analysis of scientific revolutions. In the paper, I argue that van Fraassen's solution, which invokes a Sartrean theory of emotions to account for radical change, does not amount to justifying rationally the advancement of science but, rather, despite his protestations to the contrary, is an explanation of how change is effected. Friedman's approach, which appeals to philosophical developments at (...)
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    5 Kuhn's Paradigms.Vasso Kindi - 2012 - In Kuhn's the Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited. Routledge. pp. 91-111.
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    Kuhn's conservatism.Vasso Kindi - 2003 - Social Epistemology 17 (2-3):209-214.
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    A Reconsideration of the Relation Between Kuhnian Incommensurability and Translation.Vasso Kindi - 2017 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 31 (4):397-414.
    Up to the introduction of the term and concept of incommensurability by T. S. Kuhn and P. K. Feyerabend in the early 1960s, scientific texts were supposed to pose no problem as regards their translation, unlike literature, which was thought very difficult to translate. After the introduction of the term, translation of scientific language became equally problematic because, due to conceptual and perceptual incommensurability, there was no common observation basis to ground linguistic equivalences between languages of incommensurable paradigms. This article (...)
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    Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Science.Vasso Kindi - 2016 - In Hans‐Johann Glock & John Hyman (eds.), A Companion to Wittgenstein. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 587–602.
    Philosophy of science was formed as a distinct discipline in the early twentieth century around the work of the logical positivists, or logical empiricists, originally in Vienna in the mid‐twenties and in other European cities such as Berlin and Prague. It further developed in the United States, where most logical positivists moved to escape persecution by the Nazis or World War II and met the American pragmatist philosophers of science. Logical positivism, or logical empiricism, is the school of thought that (...)
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  13. The Structure’s Legacy: Not from Philosophy to Description.Vasso Kindi - 2012 - Topoi 32 (1):81-89.
    In the paper I consider how empirical material, from either history or sociology, features in Kuhn’s account of science in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and argue that the study of scientific practice did not offer him data to be used as evidence for defending hypotheses but rather cultivated a sensitivity for detail and difference which helped him undermine an idealized conception of science. Recent attempts in the science studies literature, appealing to Wittgenstein’s philosophy, have aimed at reducing philosophy to (...)
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  14. Collingwood’s Opposition to Biography.Vasso Kindi - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):44-59.
    Abstract Biography is usually distinguished from history and, in comparison, looked down upon. R. G. Collingwood's view of biography seems to fit this statement considering that he says it has only gossip-value and that “history it can never be“. His main concern is that biography exploits and arouses emotions which he excludes from the domain of history. In the paper I will try to show that one can salvage a more positive view of biography from within Collingwood's work and claim (...)
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    A fast tour through the positivist mind: Evaldas Nekrašas: The positive mind: its development and impact on modernity and postmodernity. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2016, 390 pp, $65.00 Cloth.Vasso Kindi - 2016 - Metascience 26 (1):79-81.
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    Editorial Report 2019.Vasso Kindi - 2019 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 32 (3-4):235-236.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science aims to publish original articles, book reviews and discussion notes that fall within what is currently understood as philosophy of science and th...
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    Editorial Report 2020.Vasso Kindi - 2020 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 33 (4):259-260.
    2020 was the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenges it presented brought science to the fore in a multitude of ways. The world economy depended on science, governments consulted it, the publ...
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  18. Quietism.Stelios Virvidakis & Vasso Kindi - 2012 - Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.
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    Taking a Look at History.Vasso Kindi - 2014 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 8 (1):96-117.
    Ian Hacking urged that philosophers take a look at history. He called his recommendation the “Lockean imperative”. In the present paper I examine how Hacking understands the relation between philosophy and history by concentrating on his 1990 essay “Two kinds of ‘New Historicism’ for philosophers”. In this particular paper Hacking uses the visual metaphor of ‘taking a look’ which can also be found in the work of two other philosophers, Kuhn and Foucault, who are called by Hacking his mentors. I (...)
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    James A. Marcum. Thomas Kuhn’s Revolutions: A Historical and an Evolutionary Philosophy of Science? London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Pp. ix+304. $94.00 ; $29.95 ; $21.99. [REVIEW]Vasso Kindi - 2018 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 8 (1):233-236.
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    Review of James A. Marcum: Thomas Kuhn's revolutions: a historical and an evolutionary philosophy of science?[REVIEW]Vasso Kindi - 2018 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 8 (1):233-236.
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    Kuhn’s Lowell lectures: Thomas S. Kuhn: The quest for physical theory: problems in the methodology of scientific research, ed. George A. Reisch. Boston: The M. I. T. Libraries, Department of Distinctive Collections, 2021, xxxvi+169pp, $12.99 PB. [REVIEW]Vasso Kindi - 2021 - Metascience 30 (3):383-386.
    The Quest for Physical Theory (QPT) comprises the eight Lowell lectures that Kuhn gave on Tuesdays and Fridays in March 1951 in the Lecture Hall of the Boston Library. He was 28 years old at the time, a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, a recent Harvard PhD in Physics (1949), and an instructor in the general-education course on science set up by James Conant, Harvard’s President. Kuhn seized the opportunity of the Lowell Lectures to present his new, and (...)
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    Robert J. Richards; Lorraine Daston . Kuhn’s “Structure of Scientific Revolutions” at Fifty: Reflections on a Science Classic. 208 pp., figs., table, bibl., index. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2016. $25 .William J. Devlin; Alisa Bokulich . Kuhn’s “Structure of Scientific Revolutions”—Fifty Years On. xi + 199 pp., bibls., index. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2015. €105.99. [REVIEW]Vasso Kindi - 2017 - Isis 108 (2):430-432.
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